Jaques shines before wickets tumble
Steven Patterson followed up Phil Jaques’ sensational comeback century as Yorkshire took control of their LV= County Championship clash with Essex despite a damaging batting collapse.
Jaques, returning for his second spell with the White Rose, struck 21 fours and a maximum in his stunning 126 off 162 deliveries.
The 32-year-old shared stands of 96 and 86 with Joe Sayers and skipper Andrew Gale as the hosts raced to 184 for two.
But the Yorkshire captain’s dismissal triggered an astonishing scene of events as Dewsbury-born Tymal Mills and David Masters combined to help dismiss Yorkshire for 246, the final eight wickets falling for just 62 runs.
Nineteen-year-old Mills, who represented England Lions this winter, haunted his home county with career-best figures of 4-62, while the economical Masters claimed 3-65 off 25 overs.
In reply, Ryan Sidebottom took two wickets in as many balls and the recalled Patterson bowled a triple-wicket maiden to brighten up a bleak afternoon for the White Rose.
Essex closed on 72 for five, with Ravi Bopara and skipper James Foster unbeaten on 26 and nine respectively.
Yorkshire’s decision to bat first seemed to have backfired as early as the fifth ball when England Lions batsman Joe Root, prodding forward, was caught at short-leg by Billy Godleman off Masters.
Jaques settled in immaculately, pulling Maurice Chambers for four in consecutive overs and then punching through mid-off to bring up the Yorkshire fifty in the 18th over.
With Charl Willoughby on the sidelines, fellow left-arm seamer Mills took his chance, having Sayers caught down leg by Foster for 32.
Gale dealt in boundaries in the early part of his knock, taking a quartet of fours in one Greg Smith over while Jaques crashed Chambers through the covers to register his 39th first-class hundred.
Just as they looked to be in control, Yorkshire lost eight wickets in a devastating 18-over spell that saw Essex fight back in style.
Gale’s 52-ball 35, which included eight fours, came to a tame end when he flicked Tom Westley straight to the reliable Godleman, again at short-leg.
Jonny Bairstow, off the mark second ball with a clip to the square-leg boundary, failed to add to his tally as Mills located the England batsman’s edge, with Alviro Petersen taking a low catch at second slip.
Gary Ballance looked positive early on with a trio of fours but, after being hurried into pulling a short Mills ball, picked out substitute fielder Willoughby at fine-leg to depart for 20.
Then, in his next set of six, Mills accounted for demoted number seven Anthony McGrath, who shouldered arms at a straight delivery and was struck on the pads in front.
Adil Rashid chipped Masters to Willoughby at mid-off and, after Chambers ended Jaques’ impressive innings, Ajmal Shahzad – attempting to hook – feathered the veteran seamer through to Foster.
Chambers wrapped up the innings as Patterson became his second victim, given out leg before.
On a good surface, Essex were soon in trouble as Sidebottom had Godleman lbw for nine and Westley caught behind by Bairstow inside the first 10 overs.
Patterson then struck thrice, removing Peterson and Smith lbw either side of Bairstow catching Adam Wheater for a golden duck, as he finished with figures of 3-12 off eight overs.